The Ada’s Place Program is designed to help homeless families work toward self-sufficiency and independence. Ada’s Place offers participants the opportunity to gain knowledge, education, and skills in a variety of areas while working on goals that will assist them in obtaining permanent housing and achieving economic security. 

Beyond Housing

In addition to housing, the Transitional Housing (TH) program assists participants in becoming self-sufficient, independent, and economically stable, and to develop healthy and supportive relationships.  This is accomplished through a variety of advocacy and voluntary support services.

  • Participants are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their TH case manager, and within the first week of entering the program, each participant and case manager will set up a mutually agreed upon schedule for keeping in touch.  These meetings are used to discuss, and develop goals aimed at increasing economic and housing stability.  They can be scheduled as often as needed, from every few days to once a month.
  • By the 6th month in TH, participants are encouraged to have established some method of increasing their income. These methods may include public benefits, SSDI, employment or attending job skills training, adult education, or college classes.
  • TH participants are also strongly encouraged to sign-up with Missoula Housing Authority, Human Resource Council, and any other housing options they are eligible for in the community.  The TH case manager is available to assist with these processes and provide information about various housing programs.

Terms & Rent/Deposit

  • 18-month program for homeless survivors of domestic violence, with or without children.
  • There are six 2-bedroom duplexes, five 1-bedroom apartments, and three 2-bedroom apartments.
  • Participants pay 30% of their adjusted gross income for program fees (rent) and $400 for a security deposit.
  • The YWCA pays all utilities, however participants are expected to use energy efficient practices.  Telephone and cable are at participant’s expense.
  • Pets are not allowed in the TH units or on the property at any time.
  • Service animals: Participant can complete a written Request for Reasonable Accommodation and/or Modification.
  • $50 in supportive services funds are available to TH participants each month, which can be used to purchase basic needs.
  • Household composition: Due to funding requirements, only the participant (adult survivors) and their dependents are allowed to live in the housing unit.  Any know perpetrators of domestic or sexual violence or stalking are not allowed on program property at any time. We understand that participants may have contact with their abusers, due to child custody or for other reasons.  The TH case manager can assist the participant in finding an alternative location for custody exchanges or visitation, and will work with each participant to maximize safety during contacts with the abuser.

Other Requirements

  • Yard maintenance:  Participants are required to water their lawn if living in one of the duplexes (YWCA provides equipment). Participants in the apartments are required to maintain their entryways.
  • Guests:  TH participants shall obtain written YWCA approval for guests who stay more than 72 hours during any 30-day period.
  • Apartment inspections and safety check:  Participants are responsible for maintaining their units in a safe and sanitary manner.  The TH case manager will schedule a regular walk-through with the participant, to determine need for repairs.  The TH case manager and participant will address any other safety issues that need attention.
  • Domestic violence situations:  If a participant has been involved in an abusive relationship, their abuser is not allowed to know the location of the TH residence.  If past or current abusers are found on the premises, this could result in a 14-day eviction notice.  Custody/visitation must take place at another location.

Other Housing Options

Gateway Assessment Center

A short-term assessment, referral, and supportive services program, which offers YWCA case management and short-term motel stays for homeless families with children under age 18. To apply, download the Emergency Housing application below and send it to or drop it off at the YWCA at 1130 W. Broadway Missoula, MT 59802. Applicants will be contacted for an initial meeting.

The Gateway Assessment Center is located at the YWCA, and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Rapid Re-Housing

This program offers rent and deposit assistance as well as supportive services for homeless families in Missoula County. For more information, call Allie or Melissa at (406) 543-6691.

Emergency Housing

The 50-day Emergency Housing program (EH) is available for homeless one and two parent families who are committed to seeking stable, permanent housing. Apply through the Gateway Assessment Center located at the YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway. Application available below.